The 12 Dresses That Have Our Seal of Approval This Summer

When it comes to summer purchases, pretty dresses rank high on our wish list. There's just something about slipping into a frock that makes you feel instantly fabulous. Incredibly easy to style (all you need is a couple of key accessories or, for days spent indoors, your slippers), a dress always makes for a foolproof outfit solution. Now that temperatures are peaking, even those who remain faithful to their loungewear sets can't resist switching up their daily wares to include a dress or two. As it happens, there is a handful that we keep seeing over and over again on social media.

While there are plenty of options out there to choose from, there are a few trending dresses we and our fashion friends are especially into this season, all of which you'll find below.

They all look different at first glance, but there are some commonalities among this selection. First and foremost, they're all comfortable. Whether it's A-line skirts or knitted textures, every dress on our list is a pleasure to wear—and not just aesthetically. These are dresses you could throw on to go for your daily walk, picnicking in the park, working from home, or napping on the sofa. Many bright hues and playful prints are coming through, too, which fulfil our need to dress more joyfully this season.

From the latest offering from cult brand Sleeper to an update on Tove's best seller as well as a frock from the under-the-radar label fashion editors love, below are the trending dresses set to define your summer style.

1. NEVER FULLY DRESSED'S SUMMER SWIRL DRESS

Style Notes: Never Fully Dressed's dresses have been all over Instagram lately; though, it's Lauren-Nicole's swirl-print minidress that really caught our eye. 

2. SERAPHINA'S FIORE DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @heartzeena wears a pink striped collared dress from Seraphina

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Style Notes: Seraphina is a brand that's under the radar, but it won't be for long, especially if it keeps creating dresses as beautiful as Zeena's. 

3. WAREHOUSE'S BACKLESS GINGHAM DRESS

Style Notes: This Warehouse dress keeps cropping up on our feeds; we're in love with how Francesca has styled it with her Loewe basket bag and chunky ecru sandals. 

4. RIXO'S PEPPER DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @joannalari wears a red printed midi dress from Rixo

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@joannalari

Style Notes: Every season, Rixo serves up dresses that are just waiting to be given cult status. This summer, it's all about the brand's mermaid motif, which we think looks so striking on this tomato-red midi. 

5. H&M'S BACKLESS DRESS

Style Notes: H&M's backless ruched dress has sold out more times than we can count. There are a few sizes currently in stock, but we recommend keeping an eye out for returns in the others. 

6. KITRI'S MARGOT DRESS

Style Notes: Our EIC Hannah knows good dresses, so if she's given this Kitri midi her seal of approval, you can guarantee it's going to sell out. Don't miss it—you'll regret it. 

7. MANGO'S TIGER SHIRT DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @greceghanem wears tiger print shirt dress

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@greceghanem

Style Notes: Mango has been serving up some impressive dresses of late, and this tiger-print shirt dress is no exception. 

8. TOVE'S PHOEBE DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @chrissyford wears a bright pink Tove dress

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@chrissyford

Style Notes: Tove's dresses were a huge hit last summer, and their appeal is going nowhere for 2021. The cerise shade of this style is beyond beautiful. 

9. SÉZANE'S ESTELLE DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @monikh wears a floral maxi dress from Sézane

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@monikh

Style Notes: Monikh has been showcasing a plethora of chic maternity looks of late, but you don't need a bump to replicate this look, as her gorgeous dress is new at Sézane. 

10. SLEEPER'S BELLE DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @theindiaedit wears a navy dress from Sleeper

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@theindiaedit

Style Notes: Sleeper's dresses have been going strong for a couple of years, and this summer, the brand has given us a new style to covet—the Belle. 

11. WITH JÉAN'S LÉNA DRESS

Style Notes: Yes, even minidresses have been given a comfortable spin in thin-knit textures. This With Jéan dress is proving so popular with the social media set right now that we doubt it'll be around for long. 

12. SIR THE LABEL'S ALENA DRESS

Trending Dresses 2021: @smythsisters wears a white bandeau dress from SIR

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@smythsisters

Style Notes: If summer 2021 could be defined by one brand, it would absolutely be SIR the Label. The line has given us linen hit after hit, but this bandeau dress feels even more special than the others. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next Up: I Swear This Summer Trend Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

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